Figuring out the contracts for the key players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be a little tricky. Did that cameo count? When did the contract start, exactly? What does this all mean for the future of the Avengers?! As speculation about Marvel's Phase 3 and what will unfold after the Avengers: Age of Ultron is practically a favorite American pastime at this point these kinds of details can grow in importance for Marvel fans.
A Look at The Avengers Contracts
Looking at the original deal for the cast of the Avengers movies and how things have progressed, it looks something like this...
Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man)
Let's do the trickiest first. RDJ is in the power-seat when it comes to Marvel and his contract. His last deal was to sign on to Captain America 3 in addition to his contract that was for Avengers: Age of Ultron and a third Avengers movie.
Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
Sam signed up for a record breaking 9 movies. After Avengers 2 he will have appeared in at least 7 of them. Amazing. Interesting fact is that Sebastian Stan, Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes aka possible future Captain America signed up for a 9 movie contract as well.
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
This one's a little unclear but the word on the internet is she either has a movie-to-movie deal or she signed up for the supporting Marvel player contract of 3 Avengers movies and the possibility of a Black Widow movie should Marvel ever desire one.
Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
He's on record as having signed on for 3 Avengers movies and a possible solo movie in case Marvel ever feels like pulling that trigger.
Chris Evans (Captain America)
Evans reportedly signed up for 6 movies. This equals the seemingly more standard Marvel approach of 3 solo movies and 3 Avengers movies. His cameo in Thor 2 probably didn't count.
Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner & Hulk)
The Hulk is under a 6 movie contract which at this point might take Ruffalo into his 60s. Ruffalo recently revealed that Universal still owns the rights to solo Hulk movies, which might be something that Disney and Marvel Studios is working on in order to strike up a Sony/Spider-Man style arrangement.
Tom Hiddleston (Loki)
Again, a 6 movie deal, of which he's done 3. The word on the street is he won't be in Avengers 2, but I'm not ready to completely rule him out yet. Though, even if he is in it it might be the kind of cameo that doesn't really qualify as checking a movie off the contract. So Thor 3 and two more Avengers movies looks to be on his plate.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Now this was supposedly another 6 movie contract, but in a recent Avengers 2 interview, Hemsworth revealed that he has three more movies after Age of Ultron. He even pointed to Thor 3 and two more Avengers. A bit surprising and it makes you wonder if Marvel slipped another movie into all the Avengers contracts when they pulled the double dip on the Avengers: Infinity War movies. Or maybe they just wanted his contract to end when Hiddleston's does.
Is Thor More Important For Avengers 3?
Does this mean that more of the main Avengers like Captain America could be appearing in both Avengers: Infinity War movies? Or does this mean that Thor has more of a role to play in the Infinity War that the other Avengers? It is being heavily rumored that we'll be seeing more of Thanos in the upcoming [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858).
What do you think? Will Thor 3 be the movie that really sets up the events of [The Avengers: Infinity War](movie:738027)? Will Thor and Loki play a bigger role than most of the other original Avengers players? Let us know in the comments below!